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Editorial: Wishful thinking on welfare

Bronwen Maddox introduces the June issue

By Bronwen Maddox   June 2013

How can we fix Britain's ailing welfare system?

The debate on how to fix Britain’s ailing welfare system has started—and stalled. When we ran our landmark cover story “The End of Welfare?” just over a year ago, the question was taboo in Westminster. Our widely-quoted polls, conducted by Peter Kellner of YouGov, which showed a collapse in public support for the existing system of benefits, helped ignite a vocal debate which has grown louder ever since.

There is growing public support for a step back towards a…

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